The library is open most school days from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students are welcome to work in four different areas of the library. The library lab is for classes only and are reserved by teachers. In group study, students may work with up to three other students. The quiet/silent areas are for students who wish to work alone with no conversation. Computer are available for students in both group study and the computer walk-in area. Student use of computers and the Internet in the library follows the District 113 Accepted Use Policy.
The library offers a variety of print and electronic resources to students. Most print resources can be checked out for a period of three weeks with the exception of reference materials and short-term materials which are high in demand. Fines for overdue materials are .10 per day for normal check out periods and $1.00 for reference and short-term materials. Students who lose a book must pay the retail cost of the book plus a $5.00 processing fee.
Electronic subscription services are purchased to support the curriculum and are available from both home and school. Home access requires user names and passwords that are available from library staff. The subscription services may be accessed from the library home page at http://dhs.dist113.org/LIB/Pages/default.aspx.
Computing devices, including laptops and ipads are available for in-library ruse. We also have a variety of eReaders available for the normal 3-week checkout period.
Librarians frequently work with classes to teach information literacy skills but are also available to help students who are working independently in the library. They welcome requests about good books to read, how to create and edit bibliographies/works cited pages, how to find expert articles and other informational and learning needs. Additionally, your librarians are well-versed in Google Apps and other technologies and can assist with your digital literacy needs.
While working in the library, students are expected to use First Class Behavior. This includes:
- Following all directions given by staff.
- Sharing resources including computers with other students.
- Not eating food or drinks other than bottled water in the library.
- For people per table (max).
- Using appropriate voice levels.
- Using electronic devices respectfully.